March 21, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - The Arizona women's golf team stands in 12th place Sunday after its first day of competition at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas.
The Wildcats shot a 39-over-par 327 to trail first-round leader Texas by 18 strokes after the Longhorns shot a 21-over-par 309 on their home course. UNLV (313) and Vanderbilt (313) occupy second and third places, respectively. Southern California holds the fourth position with a 30-over-par 318. TCU (320) and Southern Methodist (320) tied in fifth to round out the top-five.
A 45-minute weather delay didn't hamper the play of sophomore Cassandra Kirkland. Kirkland is currently tied for second place with Texas's Janice Olivencia after shooting a first round 74 (+2).
Junior Mar Garcia is tied for 39th place after shooting 10-over-par 82 in round one. Junior Miriam Kraschinski tied for 59th at 12-over-par 84. While sophomore Lani Elston is tied for 72nd after shooting 15-over-par 87. Freshman Rachel Gavin is tied for 86th after carding a 20-over-par 92.
The Wildcats will work to improve their score when they tee off in Monday's second round beginning at 8:00 a.m. CST. The tournament is being played at the Hills Country Club, a par 72, 6,247-yard layout.